Uber made a major commitment to shift its entire fleet to electric vehicles by 2040. Uber has now partnered with Lithium Urban Technology to add 1,000 electric cars to its fleet in India, as part of its efforts to achieve this sustainability objective.
All 1,000 electric vehicles are sedans and will be available in select Indian metro cities such as Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune over the coming months through Uber Rentals and Premier. Moreover, Uber adds that over 100 electric sedans such as Mahindra eVerito and Tata Tigor EV have already been deployed.
The aforementioned cities also have dedicated charging centres capable of charging several cars and buses simultaneously, according to Uber. Both fast and slow chargers have these hubs. Fast chargers are capable of charging a sedan entirely in 90 minutes, while a slow charger could take as long as 9 hours.
Uber notes that this is the fourth collaboration to reduce the country’s total carbon footprint. It has already partnered with other companies such as Yulu, Mahindra, and SUN Mobility to expand the fleet’s electric vehicle availability. Over the next 12 months, the ride-hailing giant aims to add up to 2000 electric vehicles.
Our collaboration with Uber has the ability to substantially add to each city’s amount of electric kilometres served by vehicles. All of us are responsible for accelerating the adoption of clean mobility, and alliances have an important role to play in making this happen. Ashwin Mahesh, co-founder and CEO of Lithium Urban Technologies, says that electric vehicles are especially well-suited to a shared economy, and that is why we see their early adoption, most notably in fleets.
We can expect Uber to introduce the Uber Green programme to India once there are more electric cars in its fleet. For those unaware, Uber Green requires consumers to pay extra fees to ride willingly in electric cars. The show is currently online in the U.S. and Canada.